Peripheral Neuropathy in New York, NY

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What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy in the feet can occur when the peripheral nerves in the body become damaged. Nerves in the feet are the furthest away from the central nervous system, meaning that they show some of the most severe effects of the condition. Some of the most common symptoms of foot neuropathy from our New York, NY patients include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • The feeling of pins and needles in the feet
  • Abnormal sensations
  • Burning sensations
  • Electric shocks
  • Itchy and crawling skin

If you want to learn more about how our office can help with foot neuropathy prevention and treatment, please contact Millenium Podiatry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Suzanne Levine.

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

The most common cause of foot neuropathy is diabetes, but other causes include autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders, viral and bacterial infections, inherited diseases, tumors, and thyroid conditions. Additionally, while people of all ages may experience peripheral neuropathy, being over 50 with a vitamin B deficiency is a particularly strong risk factor for developing the condition. Research estimates that 8 – 10% of individuals aged 50 or over have some form of peripheral neuropathy.

How Can I Prevent Peripheral Neuropathy?

Some of the best ways to prevent peripheral neuropathy include managing weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and working with a doctor to manage chronic conditions like diabetes. At Millennium Podiatry in New York, NY, we can help with several stages of peripheral neuropathy, such as controlling the risk factors, delaying its onset, and using laser treatment to alleviate its symptoms. Our office also utilizes preventive approaches that can help you avoid early or severe onset of peripheral neuropathy.

How Is Peripheral Neuropathy Treated?

The optimal treatment for peripheral neuropathy at Millennium Podiatry may depend on the condition's cause. For example, if your foot neuropathy is caused by diabetes, Dr. Levine and our team may want to ensure that your diabetes is under control before pursuing any further treatments. However, for qualified patients, we offer laser neuropathy treatment.

After Dr. Levine confirms that your neuropathy and overall condition are appropriate for laser therapy, you will be seated in a comfortable place, and the area of the foot affected by neuropathy will then be exposed. The doctor uses a handheld device that emits a specific wavelength of light. The device is placed over the affected area, delivering low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to the skin and underlying tissues. The photons from the laser penetrate the skin, stimulating cellular metabolism and promoting tissue repair and regeneration. Each session typically lasts between 5 to 20 minutes, depending on your exact treatment plan. Multiple sessions might be necessary to achieve the desired relief, and these are usually spread out over several weeks.

Peripheral neuropathy affects the feet of millions of Americans, with countless others at risk of developing nerve damage in the feet. At Millennium Podiatry in New York, we can help manage the causes of your neuropathy and treat it with a state-of-the-art laser platform. If you think you might be at risk for foot neuropathy or are interested in managing the condition more successfully, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Levine.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.